Damian Green: 'No new jobs have been created'

Immigration Minister Damian Green has rubbished claims by the PCS union that new jobs have been created in the passport service.

He said that there are currently 319 vacancies in the passport service, but this is due to normal turnover saying, "this is just the normal replacement of jobs you get in all big organisations."

General Secretary at the PCS, Mark Serwotka, claimed earlier that there would be 300 new jobs created at the passport service. He credited the creation of these new jobs with contributing to the decision to cancel tomorrow's planned strike.

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Union halts Olympic strike

The Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) General Secretary Mark Serwotka, has said the union has scrapped plans for Border Agency staff to hold a one-day strike.